The Bald Craze

Six months ago, I shaved off all of my hair. I walked into a barber college in the south suburbs of Chicago, and thirty-five minutes later I walked out a bolder and a potentially fiercer woman. While I didn’t feel unique in my decision, I didn’t necessarily see an overwhelming amount of bald women until after my hair transition. Now, I see that the sidewalks are plum-loaded with brilliant, beautiful women, wearing hair that is four centimeters or less. The close cuts come in an array of colors: rinsed red, stained brunette, dyed black and bleached blond, and it’s all beautiful. Like snow flakes, no two buzzed looks are alike. Black women spend hundreds of dollars on their hair monthly, depending on their use of perms, hair gels, hair weave, extensions, processing, and braiding. So, one of the main attractors to the style is simple enough: “low cut, low cost and low maintenance.” The potential savings from this one-act can provide support for you in other areas of your life.

In terms of other benefits, the lack of hair draws attention directly to your face, emphasizing strong features: long necklines, high cheek bones, stunning eyes and strong jaw lines. The lack of time spent on hair management allows for time to be better spent on other things during daily regimes. The absence of hair also gives your earrings a more dominant presence, so it’s great idea to invest a bit of extra time and money into hoops, studs, hooks, and any variety therein.

Entertainers/Performers such as Amber Rose, Solange Knowles, Natalie Portman, Alex Wek, Lisa Ray, and Erykah Badu have subscribed this look, shaving their hair, baring their cranium to the whole world –and they look amazing while doing it. The style owns a certain amount of undisputable regality that, in my personal opinion, makes a woman more beautiful, because it seems to chip away at her superficiality. While I think there is nothing wrong with long or short hair, course or straight, there is nothing quite as freeing as a short mow.

Those considering making the leap should few of tips to heart: condition your hair frequently,  using both rinse-out and leave-in; choose  your cut before you go into the salon/shop, so you get the exact look that you want; a great, buy a good brush–a tough-bristled brush can your best friend; protect your hair with a scarf or a do-rag while you sleep; consider a different  shop if a barber plans to charge you more that 15 bucks for a cut, pre-tip;  bring a friend or search for unisex barbershops if you are uncomfortable being around a large group of men; and, lastly, if you are considering coloring your hair, dye your hair first and then cut it.

If you need inspiration, check out this blog that is dedicated to beautiful bald black women:


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  1. tfakande

    January 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    As a veteran in the bald women category one feature of women that becomes overwhelming present when you cut off all your hair is your shoulders. I feel most confident in should bearing tops knowing that it is where my skin is the softest and most clear. Also, you become more bold in make up. Red lips, blue eyeshadow, and blush coupled with big hair sounds like the costume of a clown, but with short hair you simply look daring and edgy. There are limitations to this, but in a matter of two years I have gone from haplessly careful with my fashion choices to completely daring.

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